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TOURISM AND MEDIA

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Dana Point DMO to Hire Chief

Visit Dana Point plans to hire an executive director by summer’s-end, according to Board Chairman Jim Samuels, general manager of Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.

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Ad Agency Adds Exec

Huntington Beach-based Grupo Gallegos created a new management post to be shared between an in-house executive and a new hire, effective July 18.

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Newport Beach PE Firm Buys in NY

Newport Beach-based private equity firm Kodiak Capital Group LLC has agreed to purchase $2 million in stock in Burn Entertainment Corporation, a New York media entertainment company that focuses on cannabis.

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HB Chamber Taps New Chief

James O’Callaghan will be the new president and chief executive of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, effective July 11.

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Digital First Names Group News Chief

Tom Bray, managing editor for the Press-Enterprise, has been named managing editor of news for the entire Southern California News Group.

Master Plan Morphs; Christ Cathedral Draws; Blanning’s CROC

Early take on Dan Young’s decision to step away from the Irvine Company: Donald Bren’s master plan continues to morph into something that increasingly looks like more of an operating company than a developer.

EON Puts $20 Million Into VR Center in Mexico

TECHNOLOGY: Education push includes augmented reality

Irvine-based software maker EON Reality Inc. hopes to keep its growth up by bringing virtual and augmented reality content to the masses through an aggressive international plan centered on education and awareness.

Blizzard Signs Deal With Facebook

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. announced a partnership with Facebook Inc. that aims to connect millions of gamers while boosting content on the world’s largest social network.

Montage Hotel in Baltimore Named

The Baltimore hotel Montage Hotels & Resorts will run under its Pendry brand has been named Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.

Volcom’s New Ambassador Pick Stirs Brand’s Fans

Mick Jagger’s Daughter Considered Weak Choice

Volcom LLC, looking to shed its surf-only brand image, hired Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall to be the Costa Mesa-based footwear and apparel manufacturer’s new global brand ambassador.

Slyde Handboards Gears Up for Summer Sales Tour

‘Shark Tank’ Investment, Beach Cleanup Lift Brand

A startup that created a brand of handboards, a one-handed surfboard that straps to a surfer’s hand for bodysurfing, started its summer tour over Memorial Day weekend.

Surge of Hotel Development

More Than 7,000 Rooms Proposed in Four Cities

The four Orange County cities with the heaviest volume of hotel construction are seeing a divergence in the type of properties being built there and the sorts of guests the hotels will target.

Indies Rock

Hotel Owners Trade Big Brands for Local Focus

A range of Orange County hotels are declaring independence, testing the potential and limits of a hot hotel market and foregoing the regular business a brand can bring.

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Ubiquity Restructures

Nicholas Mitsakos today was named interim chief executive of Irvine-based Ubiquity Inc. as part of its corporate restructuring.

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Knott’s Plans New Soak City Slides

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park said it plans to begin building two new slide structures at its Knott’s Soak City water park and open them next summer.